NEARLY 400 people kept three-minutes of silence outside Alfas del Pi Town Hall to express their condolences and their rejection of the attacks in Norway.
Alfas del Pi has the largest colony of Norwegians in Spain with 2,500 registered residents hailing from this Scandinavian country, although it is estimated that there are actually more than 8,000, according to digital version of local daily Informacion.
They came to express their support and solidarity to the Norwegian people in the wake of the bombing in Olso and the shooting at a youth meeting of the Labour Party on the island of Utoya that left 76 dead.
A manifesto was read in both Spanish and Norwegian in which they “condemn in the strongest terms the attacks in Norway” and expressed their “deepest condolences to the victims of these heinous acts of terrorism.”
“Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to peace and democracy and all acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable,” said Mayor Vicente Arques. Norwegian residents then laid flowers on the balcony of the Town Hall whose flags flew at half mast in mourning.
The ceremony was attended by several well-known Norwegians who spoke out against the attacks. The pacifist Johan Galtung was one of them; he has been put forward for the Prince of Asturias Prize for Harmony for his dedication to promoting peace, resolving conflicts and even creating the scientific discipline of peace studies.